March 2, 2020

Is this Zacuto Shoulder Rig for Mirrorless and DSLRs the Last One You'll Need?

A future-proof shoulder rig with flexability. 

Zacuto has introduced a new shoulder rig series dubbed ACT Recoil for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The line is Arca-Swiss compatible and can be configured for handheld, cage, tripod, and of course, shoulder-mounted shooting.

According to Zacuto, ACT Recoil is compatible with every mirrorless and DSLR on the market, which is a bold claim. The engineering is based on the universal Arca-Swiss baseplate and there are six main components to the universal ACT Recoil rig: the cage, baseplate, EVF, EVF mount, top (or side) handle, and trigger grip.

The series includes nine different models. A basic version, a cageless version, a universal cage version, and six camera specific models with cages designed for the Blackmagic Pocket 6K/4K, Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon Z6/Z7, Panasonic S1H, Sony a7R IV, and Z CAM E2 series. 

The cageless and basic versions are for those who already own a Arca-Swiss compatible cage or don't need one or a EVF. However, both models come with a curved 15mm rod that attaches directly to the baseplate that can mount an EVF. 

With that said, the ACT Recoil rigs steal all the best features from its cinema VCT-style Recoil line and shrinks it size. The rig is customizable and fully configurable for many different shooting styles. Using the ACT mounting plate, which is padded for shoulder use, allows for smooth transitions between a tripod, dolly, slider, or gimbal. The cage features 1/4-20", 3/8-16", and ARRI screw mounts for additional accessories. The wooden handgrip can be rotated 360° to fit any operating style, though it is designed for the right hand.

The ACT EVF Pro is a 3.5″ LED-backlit HDMI electronic viewfinder. It has a flip-up eyepiece and anti-fog optics with a soft eyecup. The EVF features HDMI loop-through, focus peaking, U/D and L/R zooming, and is powered through a LP-E6 battery. 

Pricing & Availability 

The ACT Recoil rigs range from $850 for the basic version up to $1,450 for a camera specific model. Zacuto has also refreshed its Marauder Mini chest stabilizing rig for DSLR and mirrorless cameras that's completely foldable. It costs $450

Do you have a favorite rig or want us to review one? Tell us in the comments below. 

Update March 3, 2020: Content was removed to reflect pricing.      

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2012 called, they want their content back.

I can't wait for the 35mm vs DSLR image quality mega test.

Or maybe tutorial on how to make a DIY 35mm adaptor

March 3, 2020 at 6:31PM, Edited March 3, 6:31PM

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Isaac Elliott
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I dunno man, a shoulder rig is a pretty timeless kit item. Ever since the DSLR revolution, people have needed a way to actually carry these things around that doesn't suck.

Full disclosure - I am actually looking pretty hard at these because I can't stand my current shoulder rig stuff. But for something I only use on 20% of shoots, I'm not sure I can justify the 1.5k.

March 4, 2020 at 3:34PM

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Yeah I mean this isn't a review or anything its just an announcement of a mildly worked over whatever rig thing.

Get a padded VCT plate, theres a few brand, Zacuto is good. Some 15mm Rods and these shape handles and you will have
a set up that will take forward for years.
https://www.shapewlb.com/quick-handle-rod-bloc

All of that has been around for ages and trying to make a better mousetrap is just wasting time. I've tried a lot of different rigs and setups and really focus on quality, simplicity, longevity and stiffness. Shape handles, 15mm rods, Padded VCT plate is the start and then if you need to mount a monitor or whatever then decide from there, but these mild variations of 10 year old tech is really really lame to keep posting

March 5, 2020 at 1:06AM

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Isaac Elliott
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Thanks for the recommendation - checking it out now - appreciate yah!

March 10, 2020 at 2:24PM

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